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Probate Litigation

Experienced Illinois Attorney Litigates Probate Disputes

Dedicated lawyer represents clients in the Hanover Park area during inheritance conflicts

Maritote Law advocates on behalf of Illinois clients who want to ensure that property and wealth are handled in accordance with the desires and instructions of the deceased. If you suspect that a will is fraudulent or invalid, or that an estate is being mismanaged, you have a right to seek remedy in court. Similarly, estate administrators facing accusations of incompetence or unlawful conduct are entitled to vigorously defend themselves. I represent beneficiaries and executors in estate litigation, seeking favorable resolutions to disputes.

Informed Illinois attorney guides clients through will challenges

There are several bases for challenging a will. Whether you are alleging misconduct or accused of it, it is important to understand the legal reasons a will may be challenged:

  • Lack of capacity — This ground alleges that the testator, the person who signed the will, was not of sound mind at the time the will was created.
  • Undue influence — A will might be invalid if a person with access to and power over the testator used emotional manipulation to gain special consideration in the will.
  • Fraud — This ground alleges that the person who signed the will was deceived about the contents of the document at the time it was drawn up.
  • Void for vagueness — This ground asserts that the terms of the will are open to conflicting interpretations, and it is impossible to know which interpretation is correct. A challenger can seek to prevent all or part of the will from being implemented.

Many probate disputes stem from suspicions that a particular individual took advantage of the deceased and was included in the will to the detriment of the rightful heirs. While the court looks harshly on elder exploitation, all challenges must be supported by reliable evidence. At Maritote Law, I advise clients on their will challenges and work to resolve issues favorably.

Accomplished counselor helps with claims of executor misconduct

Executors have a fiduciary duty to manage the assets of an estate according to the decedent’s wishes, for the benefit of the beneficiaries. The fiduciary must act in total accordance with the terms of the will so that assets are not lost due to waste, fraud, misallocation or mismanagement. Beneficiaries may challenge alleged misconduct and demand a full account of a fiduciary’s actions. At Maritote Law, I have experience on both sides of probate controversies.

Contact an established Illinois probate litigation attorney

Probate conflicts can be damaging if they are not managed by experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel. Maritote Law in Hanover Park provides capable representation for beneficiaries and fiduciaries. Call 630-560-5248 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.

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From decades of practice in the courtroom and negotiations, personal injury attorney Mark Maritote is highly qualified to secure the justice you deserve. If you were injured in the Schaumburg area or elsewhere in northern Illinois, please call our Hanover Park office at 630-830-9300 or toll free 866-402-0174 for a free consultation.
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